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    Need some help with choices

    Alright, well, basically I'm going to be rebuilding my bike, it just performs junky lately even with constant tune-ups and all that. Well, Ive been thinking about my riding, and I basically do a little bit of everything, XC,fast and technical XC, some fast and rocky downhills.

    I see that there are proven items for Freeride/Downhill, and some that are clearly XC. Well, I geuss im looking for a balance of weight and strength. I need you guys help with that.

    I need a new Crankset, Wheelset, stem/handlebar, should i use 8" or 6" rotors ( and is Mech. strong enough) and should i go for candy SLs or just stick with some nice platform?

    Thanks for anyhelp everyone!

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    6 inch and mech is definetly enough for the rear. I just bought the Avid BB7 rear, and it rocks! Super strong. I bought the Juicy 7 for the front and it rocks as well.
    I think mechs and 6 inch would probably be ok for the front unless you do real long downhills.
    The candies v. plats is hard to say. For 90% of my riding my new candy sl's rock, but i'm still not brave enough to stay clipped when riding over fallen trees or some super steep tricky uphills. But the parts i'm not to scared to stay clipped, i simply loooove the clips!
    Its sounds like i do similar riding as you, minus the rocks in the downhills.

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    I do what you want to do, and I have 8" rotors F&R, mechanical Hayes One's, and also clipless pedals, although they're not the Candy's.... SPD....

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    What bike/frame would all of these new parts be going onto? And if you don't mind me asking, how big are you weight wise? I'm a big guy and that definetly is a factor for me when deciding on parts.

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    well, its going onto an '03 Giant Iguana frame
    i figured i was going to get all the parts and put them on my XCish frame ( cause i do lots of XC with varieties of other stuff in it ) and eventually (when i get a job and all the parts ) put all of it onto like a Specialized Enduro frame

    im about 5'10" still growing cause im 15
    and about 125 lb.

    I basically do all mountain, little bits of everything

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    nirvanaschains I do notice that i put my feet out on like tricky stuff and definitly when i mess up on descents or something like it i need my foot out quick...geuss that just takes practice with the clips?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killer B
    I do what you want to do, and I have 8" rotors F&R, mechanical Hayes One's, and also clipless pedals, although they're not the Candy's.... SPD....
    what cranks and wheelset you got?

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    Ah yes me to...damn motocross got me hooked to sticking the leg out on turns as well.
    But before you go clipless i suggest you ride a few trails, for the sole reason of seeing how little you can put your feet down. This will not just help you when going clipless, it will help you be a better rider.
    I also just started (while unclipped in reg shoes) just balancing on the bike, going as slow as i can, stopping...holding still for as long as i can and never putting my feet down. I've found in most instances, on trail or off, a quick foot dab can be replaced by a quick pedal push.
    I had a real good ride today where i did all the tree crossings w/out dabbing my feet. I felt completely comfy today. Almost ran into an oncomming biker and didn't really even think about my clipless. I just unclipped one foot naturally encase i needed to stop.

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    thanks for the advice

    anyone else have any?

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    There are so many options to choose from it really becomes an issue of how much you can afford.

    Cranks for XC use. I like Race Face Deus XC's. www.raceface.com
    Wheelset for XC use. A set of Mavic XC 717 laced to the hub of your choice using DT Revolution spokes in a 3 Cross pattern. Great hubs include Chris King, Hope, Woodman Products....etc.
    Stem Handlebar for XC use. Thomson Elite Stem with an Easton Monkey Lite SL carbon riser bar.
    For XC stick with 6" rotors. They'll provide more than enough stopping power. If you decide to stick with mechanicals ONLY get the Avid's.
    Pedals for XC. It's a personal choice. I like my Time A.T.A.C's that I've owned since 1999.
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    no more than 200 on cranks

    id like to stay cheaper on the wheelset

    and, thats what this thread is about, cause XC stuff is usually weaker and lighter, freeride/downhill is stronger and heavier

    I do basically a little of both so i need to know whats strong enough for some decent drops but also somewhat light at the same time

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    At your self described riding type and your body weight, I wouldn't be too worried about breaking stuff. If you gain another 100 lbs, then start considering some FR or DH components.
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